A call has been made to scrap top councillor positions in Kirklees.
The council’s Liberal Democrat group says removing Cabinet posts and allowances will save £72,000 a year.
In its place, they propose, will be four committees to oversee directorates and scrutiny work, with the council leader and deputy chairing a committee each and two other committee chairs to be decided.
It will reduce the number of senior councillors from the current 10 in the Cabinet to four, while five scrutiny chair allowances will also be removed.
The current cost to Kirklees of its Cabinet and Scrutiny Arrangements is £179,000 – with eight cabinet members receiving £12,274, while the leader gets £25,155 and deputy leader gets £18,886 for their roles, on top of a basic allowance of £12,566.
Four chairs of scrutiny panels receive £6,138, with a fifth overseeing them all on £11,047.
A new committee system will cost £107,000, the Lib Dems say.
Clr Nicola Turner, Lib Dem leader, said: “According to officers, the council will have shrunk by approximately 40% by 2018 and it is time for it to plan to cut its leadership bill accordingly.
“Our proposal will cut the cost of Cabinet and Scrutiny by just over £70k or 40%, which we think is the right amount and gives us room for manoeuvre.
“Councillors cannot be seen to sit in the Council Chamber making decisions about budget reductions affecting services and local people without trimming the fat ourselves.”
The group has issued their idea ahead of next month’s Budget talks to give opposition time to consider the idea, which if backed would be introduced in 2016/17.
A committee system will be made up of cross-party councillors and the Lib Dems say it will produce better council policy, get more backbenchers involved and be more representative.
Clr Andrew Marchington, Lib Dem deputy leader, added: “We accept there is a need for a leader and deputy, but with councillors getting £12,555 a year allowance it’s right all are involved in decision making.
“At this moment in time we all know that the Council has to find more efficient and cost effective ways to do things. A return to the Committee System checks both of those boxes.”